Battle for Jotsway Canyon Alpha 0.0.45

0.0.45 [21.05.2017]

[HTML5] [Android] [Windows]

General

  • Added 4 New stages. There are now 9 in the game.
  • The stage select screen has been redesigned.
  • Summoned units now have set stats. They are not based on the summoner’s Power.

Barbarian

  • Blood Strike healing has been halved.
  • Whirlwind is now a common Card instead of Uncommon.

Cleric

  • Soul Ripped units with less than 1 Movement now have 1 Movement when copied.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed AI melee units moving to incorrect tiles.
  • Sacrifice now correctly targets self.
  • Picking up items properly removes previous charges in the item slot.
  • Fallen Shielded units are not destroyed if they are damaged and have a Shield.

WTF Am I Doing With My Life – April 2017

Exercise and Health

Exercise has been consistent this month having only missed one or two sessions due to the Thai New Year and apartment searching.

My current progression of the strength routine is as follows:

  • Pull Ups: 3×3-4 (Aiming for 3×5 in the next few weeks)
  • Chair Dips: 3×8 (Need to find suitable parallel bars to progress soon) 
  • Bodyweight Squats: 3×8 (Need to progress to Pistol Squats this month) 
  • Single Foot-supported L-Sit: 3×15 seconds
  • Push Ups: 3×8 (Need to progress to Diamond Push Ups in the next few weeks) 
  • Inclined Rows: 3×8 (Need to move on to Horizontal Rows soon)

New Apartment

I got a new apartment very close to the BTS and my new job! I moved in on the 2nd of May. The room is decently large with a TV and fridge but no kitchen area. Being only 5 minutes walk from the Bangkok Sky Train is a big bonus and the room is much cheaper than most of the apartments and condos I checked out.

There’s a small gym downstairs which has a weight machine, weights and cardio machines. Unfortunately there’s no pull up bar so I’ll substitute a few exercises in my normal exercise routine with ones using the weight machine and weights.

New Passport

My old passport had no room so I had to get a new one. The process was simple enough and very speedy. I had my visa transferred at the immigration in Bangkok. From my apartment, it took around an hour to get there and cost me about 50 Thai Baht (just over 1 GBP). Super happy about that! I got the BTS to Mo Chit, then the no. 52 public bus heading out of the city. It dropped me straight outside the complex. From there, I got a free shuttle bus to the immigration building.

The office was busy as I got there just before lunch had finished. The actual process took about 4 hours. It was a long day.

Programming

Feedback for Jotsway Canyon has been great! And I’ve made lots of changes. I feel comfortable with moving to Beta very soon and finally adding more stages and content. Planning things out is one of my favourite parts of the process and I’ll be doing this a lot in the next few weeks.

Battle for Jotsway Canyon Alpha 0.0.44

0.0.44 [05.05.2017]

[HTML5] [Android] [Windows]

General

  • Due to many class changes, data has been wiped.
  • The tutorial has been tweaked and new tutorial dialogues have been added.
  • Added the Cleric: A defensive caster that rips the soul from enemies, creating copies of them.

UI

  • Improved speech boxes.
  • Added confirmation dialogues.
  • Added a wipe data button.
  • General asset updates and UI tweaks.

Units

  • Added +1 Power to summoned minions.
  • Altered the Lich fight.
  • Consume Fallen doesn’t increase Power above 5.
  • Consume Corpse now heals for less.
  • Consume Corpse doesn’t increase Health past 15.
  • The Cleaver now has Whirlwind instead of Strike.
  • Raise Fallen now has 1 Charge.
  • Raise Fallen now only targets allies.

Bug Fixes

  • The turn is not auto-skipped if there is an item visible.
  • The Lich now doesn’t gain Rage if fallen.
  • Allies now don’t drop items.
  • Items now appear above Frosted tiles.
  • The Hero now does not drop items.
  • Skill information is now shown for used skills.
  • Fixed auto-end turn animation issues.

Battle for Jotsway Canyon Alpha 0.0.43

0.0.43 [28.04.2017]

[HTML5] [Android] [Windows]

General

  • The player’s turn is automatically passed if no unit can perform an action.
  • Stages now unlock a harder mode that give more rewards once completed.
  • Added a new secret Stage.
  • A new secret item has been added:
    • Potion of Healing: Heal yourself 5 health. 2 Charges.
  • The Gold cap has been removed.
  • The maximum Hero level is now 10. No cards can be purcahased after this.

UI

  • Added a new UI mode used for smaller screens where skills are displayed on the left of the screen. This mode can be toggled on and off via the World Map.
  • Added various UI animations.
  • Updated the skill information panel.
  • Your hero’s level is now displayed in Junk’s Store.

Units

  • Burns no longer cause Bosses to gain +1 Enrage.
  • Enemies now have a chance to drop Sacks of Gold.
  • Fallen units now give Gold if they are consumed.

Battle for Jotsway Canyon Alpha 0.0.42

0.0.42 [20.04.2017]

[HTML5] [Android] [Windows]

General

  • Save data has been wiped due to added cards (see below).
  • The Gold cap is now 199.
  • The location of units not revealed by the Fog Of War are now shown. Other details remain hidden.
  • An accompanying .png has been made to explain the UI before this is added into the game. You can find it here. http://imgur.com/Q5TiQF5

Assets

  • New damage and healing assets have been added.

Classes

  • Summoning Skills (Summon Elemental, Summon Brawler) now can only be used 2 times per Stage.
  • The Sorcerer now has 15 Upgrade Cards (up from 10).
  • The Barbarian now has 18 Upgrade Cards (up from 12).

Units

  • Spectres no longer Burn enemies.
  • The Lich Stage has been tweaked.

Battle for Jotsway Canyon Alpha 0.0.41

Alpha

0.0.41 [18.04.2017]

[HTML5] [Android] [Windows]

General

  • The Android alpha is now available for testing.
  • The windows .exe file is now available for testing.
  • Prices of cards are now shown in the shop and vary on the rarity of the card.
  • Bosses are now repeatable for testing.
  • Gold is no longer deducted when a mission is failed.

Enemies

  • Added the second Boss: The Lich.
  • Rat Mages now have 1 Health instead of 2 Health.

UI

  • Added an Exit Button to the World Map on Desktop.
  • Added Fullscreen Toggle Button to World Map on Desktop.
  • Added Sound Toggle to World Map.

Battle for Jotsway Canyon Alpha 0.0.40

Alpha

0.0.40.3 [10.04.2017]

[HTML5]

General

  • A new World Map hub has been added.
  • A new tutorial stage has been added.
  • Three additional playable stages have been added to the World Map:
    • Sewer Clean-Up: A repeatable, randomized stage that gives Gold.
    • King Gloob: The first Boss.
    • Undead Round-Up: A repeatable, randomized stage that gives Gold.
  • Upgrades are now purchased via a shop found on the World Map.
  • Gold, stage unlocks and upgrade choices are now saved between sessions.
  • Note: Pressing “Delete” on the World Map will wipe all data for testing purposes.
  • There is a 99 Gold cap during this stage of development.
  • Updated several assets.

Classes

  • The Sorcerer has 10 initial upgrades to choose from.
  • The Barbarian has 12 initial upgrades to choose from.

Bug Fixes

  • Skills selected using the keyboard should can no longer be selected when an action is in progress.
  • Fixed a crash that would happen during the AI phase..
  • Fixed Taunt sometimes resetting unintentionally when killing an Undead.
New “World Map” for Jotsway Canyon

 

WTF Am I Doing With My Life – March 2017

Hello! Welcome to a new monthly blog where I talk about things I’ve done in the past month.

Exercise

I took a substantial break from the Calisthenics Beginner Routine during this month because of travelling and lack of routine. I’m a bit sad about that but I’ve started back again and have been consistent during the last few weeks with no signs of stopping!

To give an idea of the effect this had, just before I took a break I was working towards diamond push ups and able to perform 3×8 push ups consistently. When I started back this month, I could only do 3×4 push ups with good form!

I’m using this great app that keeps track of work out progression and all I’m doing is adding more reps or time to a few exercises every time I work out, 3 times a week. Half of the fun is looking for places to do pull-ups nearby.

My current progression of the strength routine is as follows:

  • Pull Ups: 5×3 (Aiming for 3×5 in the next few weeks)
  • Chair Dips: 3×8 (Need to find suitable parallel bars to progress soon) 
  • Bodyweight Squats: 3×8
  • Foot-supported L-Sit: 3×20 seconds
  • Push Ups: 3×7
  • Inclined Rows: 3×8 (Need to move on to Horizontal Rows soon)

Programming

Also after a long break, I’ve gotten back into my passion project Jotsway Canyon after stewing up some ideas. The restructuring of the code was daunting so it took some time to sit down and get it done. But once I did, I got into the swing of things again and have been enjoying it.

I’m aiming to release the Android version for testing and submit to Feedback Fridays in the next few weeks to get some more thoughts on the new gameplay loop.

New “World Map” for Jotsway Canyon

At the time of writing, I have 424 Twitter followers on my gamedev account.

Social

I moved to a new city this month! So I’ve been looking at social groups I can join. I went to an improv group and it was incredibly fun. It’s a monthly event and I’m looking forward to making it a regular thing.

Other than that, I’m looking into volunteering at an organisation and attending more social groups next month.

Being Mugged at the Improv Workshop

Travel

I took a trip to an island for a few days – Koh Lan. I’ve got a lot of time but not a lot of money otherwise I’d travel to Laos, Cambodia or northern Vietnam. Things should stabilize next year and I’ll be able to tick one or two places off of my list then.

I enjoyed Koh Lan but quite a few beaches can get a bit too busy for me. We managed to find one or two quieter beaches and had a good swim and rode around on a rented bike.

Wrap Up

Overall this month has been really fun. It’s nice having a good amount of time and I’ve managed to do quite a few things I’ve been meaning to do for a while. April should be similarly relaxed and productive in its own little way. I’m particularly interested to see if I can get back to diamond push ups again! We’ll see next month!

Battle for Jotsway Canyon Alpha 0.0.35

Alpha

0.0.35 [27.01.2017]

[HTML5]

General

  • Bosses now spawn on visible tiles.
  • All other enemies are destroyed when a boss is defeated.
  • Frozen tiles now cause units on them to have -1 Movement.
  • Frozen tiles now cost +1 Move to travel to.
  • Frozen tiles now last 3 turns instead of 4.
  • Fallen units now fade after 2 turns.

Sorcerer

  • Elementals are now Fireborn and are healed by Burns.
  • Removed Howling Winds card.

New Mechanics

  • Rage: Some units gain Rage to use on powerful abilities.

King Gloob

  • Now has Rage.
  • Gains +1 Rage when damaged.
  • At 3 Rage, King Gloob splits into smaller Gloobs.

Undead

  • Ghouls gain +1 Power when they consume a Fallen unit.
  • New Unit
    • Cleaver
      • Gains +1 maximum Health when they consume a Fallen unit.

Bug Fixes

  • Capped screenshake to avoid jerkiness.
  • The camera now doesn’t move when cards are showing.
  • AI units now move to better targets.

Battle for Jotsway Canyon Alpha 0.0.34

Alpha

0.0.34 [20.01.2017]

[HTML5]

General

  • Added a Hint box.
  • Re-arranged enemy spawns.
  • New Mechanics
    • Frozen tiles: Units on Frozen tiles can’t move.
    • Scorched tiles: Units on Scorched tiles take damage.

Units

  • New Boss
    • King Gloob: Spawns Small Gloobs when damaged that deal area damage.

Sorcerer

  • New Cards
    • Legendary
      • Bitter Cold: Units hit by Blizzard have their tile Frozen.